French Prime Minister on official visit Monday

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe.


MARIGOT–French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe will be making an official visit to St. Martin and St. Barths on Monday, November 6, 2017, the Préfecture confirmed on Monday.

  The large delegation accompanying the Prime Minister will include National Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Overseas Territories Annick Girardin, Minister of Sports Laura Flessel, State Secretary to the Minister of State and Minister of Ecology Transition Sébastien Lecornu, and State Secretary to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.

  During his short visit the Prime Minister will meet citizens and business professionals whose businesses have been severely affected by the hurricanes, and meet services that have been on the front line of the recovery. He is also expected to talk about the financial aid to rebuild St. Martin and return to a normal way of life.

  As announced in September, he will meet elected officials and participate in the return to school after the Toussaint holiday. His schedule includes a visit to the St. Clair Maximin Primary School in French Quarter from 7:30am to 9:00am. At 9:00am, still in French Quarter, he will meet Gendarme Reservists from the Territorial Reserve.

  At 10:00am he will be in the Hope Estate Industrial Zone to meet business owners before having a meeting with President Daniel Gibbs at 11:00am and concluding with a speech.

  At each stop on the visit there will be an opportunity for accredited members of the press to have a question and answer session.

  On his arrival Sunday evening at Grand Case Airport he will meet agents from Police aux Frontières (PAF). There will also be a short press briefing.   

Source: The Daily Herald